THE E-NEWSLETTER FOR THE TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION (TIPS)

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Section Highlights

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Message From the Chair

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Gene BeckhamTIPS Members,

This will be my final eTIPS column before the November Holidays, so I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving (and Happy Chanukah, too), during which I hope you will all have the opportunity to spend some special time with your family and friends. With the busy Holiday season now upon us, please remember that TIPS has some important programs coming up before year's end and next year.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee's Fall Program, Financial Institution Bond Claims in the 21st Century, in Boston, MA. The productivity and vitality of FSLC programming is a shining example of TIPS expertise, and a great reflection on our Section. I congratulate Committee Chair David Olson and Chair-Elect Mike Pipkin for producing a fantastic and well-attended program. On December 5th, the FSLC will also present an ethics audio webinar you will not want to miss, The Surety and Fidelity Carrier's Ethical Obligations in Responding to Requests for the Production of Documents, which will feature a discussion of legal and ethical considerations when responding to discovery requests and seeking to protect privileged documents and information from disclosure.

Please also watch for more information regarding registration for other TIPS programs, including the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee's ethics webinar on December 10th, An Ethical Trek Through the Digital Domain: Social Media, Mobile Devices and More!, the Civil Litigation Ski CLE program TIPS co-sponsors in Vail, CO January 8-12, the 2014 Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, January 16-18 in Austin, TX, and the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee's Mid-Winter Meeting, January 23-24 in New York, NY. Now is also a good time to pencil in on your calendar TIPS' newest program, the very first GLE (golf!) program, Rub' O the Green: Litigation, Ethics and the Rules of Golf Ethics CLE Program and Golf Tournament, which will be held in Tucson, AZ March 20-22 and will feature presentations on topics including forensic accounting, mock jury trials, disqualification motions, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and more.

In closing, please accept my thanks, personally and from our great Section, for joining TIPS, or for renewing your membership for the 2013-14 year. As we celebrate our Holidays next week, I hope you will join me in including among our reasons to be thankful, the contributions and friendship of your fellow Section members, the TIPS leadership, our sponsors and our 13 TIPS Staff members. Without everyone's dedication and help, the continued success and growth of this Section would not be possible. Finally, I also thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as Section Chair this year. On behalf of the Section's leadership and staff, we look forward to serving you over the next year, and for years to come.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

Gene Beckham
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

Call for TIPS Officer and Council Nominations

During the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the TIPS Council will nominate:

1) Five general Council members - to serve three year terms which will begin at the end of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston

2) One Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates - to serve a three year term which will begin at the end of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston. Delegates "must have served a minimum of two years as a General Member of Council"

3) One Section Vice-Chair - to serve a one year term which will begin at the end of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston

Anyone interested in being considered for one of these positions or in nominating someone else should complete this form and submit it, with the nominee's current resume or CV to TIPS Staff Director, Mary Ann Peter at maryann.peter@americanbar.org no later than January 15, 2014.

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Committee Spotlight: Medicine & Law Committee

The Medicine & Law Committee provides a forum for attorneys, healthcare professionals, claimants and insurers to learn and exchange ideas relating to: the laws governing medical malpractice, medical device, and pharmaceutical litigation and risk management; healthcare regulation (accreditation, licensure and disciplinary actions, peer review and certification, alternative dispute resolution, federal and state legislation updates, fraud and abuse); electronic communications and privacy; bioethics; managed care; on-line healthcare; and other issues relating to the practice of medicine and law.

Learn More about the Medicine & Law Committee!

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Upcoming Events & CLE

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Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Webinar: The Surety and Fidelity Carrier's Ethical Obligations in Responding to Requests for the Production of Documents - December 5, 2013

Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Webinar: An Ethical Trek Through the Digital Domain: Social Media, Mobile Devices and More! - December 10, 2013

40th Annual TIPS Mid-Winter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits - January 16-18, 2014 - Austin, TX

Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting - January 23-24, 2014 - New York, NY
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A Day at Lloyd's of London II and Alternative Dispute Resolution - January 27, 2014 - New York, NY
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ABA TIPS Midyear Meeting - February 6-9, 2014 - Chicago, IL

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Captives & Insolvency Ethics - Hot Topics & Latest Developments - December 15, 2013 - Washington, D.C.

2014 National Ski CLE Civil Litigation Program - January 8-12, 2014 - Vail, CO

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Membership

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Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!

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TIPS would like to thank those members who have renewed their membership for the 2013-14 year. We are very excited for the year ahead and appreciate your commitment to the Section! We would also like to remind those who have not yet renewed that the dues bill for the 2013-14 membership year is coming in a few weeks. You may also renew online. We truly value your membership and look forward to serving you this year!

Have You Joined a TIPS Committee Yet?

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TIPS has over 30 substantive General Committees that provide you with the opportunity to learn the latest developments in your specific field and acquire new practice methods to better serve your clients. Committee membership also offers valuable networking opportunities with other attorneys including corporate and in-house counsel, plaintiffs and defense, giving you a competitive edge when obtaining new clients, in addition to publishing and speaking opportunities to assist you in attaining your personal and professional growth goals. As a member of TIPS, you may join those General Committees that are of interest to you at no additional cost. Join a TIPS General Committee today!

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